Skullcap leaf | Scutellaria lateriflora | Organic


Skullcap leaf is a premium nervine tonic and is widely used among herbalists for its relaxing and sedative actions.

Skullcap has historically been used to calm the nervous system and as an anti-convulsant  (3). It is useful for anxiety states, nervous tension, insomnia and tension headaches.

It appears to work on the GABA pathway. (4)

In one study it improved mood in non-anxious volunteers (2).

Skullcap is found in our Dr Feelgood tea, our Better Sleep tea and our Dream Weaver tonic.

All of our teas are organic or wild harvested from natural surroundings. Enjoy!

This information is for educational purposes. Please do not self-treat disease using herbs alone. Always consult with a qualified & registered herbalist and inform your doctor and pharmacist about your use of herbal remedies.


  1. Fisher, C, 2009 Materia Medica of Western Herbs
  2. American Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): a randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study of its effects on mood in healthy volunteers. Phytother Res. 2014 May;28(5):692-8.
  3. Characterization of chemical ingredients and anticonvulsant activity of American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora). Phytomedicine. 2009 May;16(5):485-93.
  4. Phytochemical and biological analysis of skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora L.): a medicinal plant with anxiolytic properties. 2003 Nov;10(8):640-9.
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Additional information


Dried Skullcap leaf organic


Nervine relaxant, Sedative, Anticonvulsant, Antispasmodic


Flavonoid glycosides – biacalin, dihydrobiacalin, lateriflorin, ikonnikoside I, scutellarin, oroxylin A, biacalein, wogonin, Bitter iridoid – catalpol Sesquiterpenes, Tannins, Diterpenes – scutelarins A-C, ajugaptin, scutecyprol A, GABA, glutamine, melatonin


This herb has GRAS rating {Generally Recognised as Safe}. Herbs should generally be avoided when pregnant or trying to conceive. Please consult with a qualified practitioner before self-prescribing.


Steep 1 teaspoon of herb for 10-20 minutes. Reuse the tea 2-3 times until it is spent. Drink 1-2 times daily.


20 grams, 30 grams, 50 grams

Country of origin

Skullcap is native to North America. This tea is harvested in USA or is dried and harvested in Canterbury, New Zealand, subject to seasonal availability.